Beer typically lasts for six to nine months past the expiration date on its label. If the beer is refrigerated, it can last up to two years beyond the expiration date. It all depends on what your tolerance for those nasty flavors that come with bad beer is.
What does the born on date mean for beer?
Almost every beer has a date printed on it. When treated properly, this is the date the brewery believes their beer still tastes as they intended it. There are a few ways to label this date. At Firestone, we make it easy with a “born on” date.
Is it OK to drink beer after expiration date?
Yes—but its flavor will degrade over time. Beer is a perishable product that stales when it’s exposed to light, oxygen, and heat, which degrade the organic compounds that make beer smell and taste great. But even when its flavor is declining, it can be perfectly safe to drink.
Can you drink beer 2 years out of date?
Can beer “go bad”? No, beer has no use by date, meaning it is safe to drink well past the best before date. Beer won’t be dangerous to drink, but the taste of the beer will deteriorate over time.
Is expired beer still alcoholic?
In a word, no. The alcohol content of beer (and wine, for that matter) is determined during the fermentation process and will not change over time. During fermentation, yeast converts sugar (or any carbohydrate source) into carbon dioxide and ethanol alcohol.
How do I know if my beer is expired?
The beer expiry date for bottles is often written on the neck or shoulder. Many beer expiry date on the bottom is written on containers. The last resort is to search the carrier or case packaging, whether you can’t find a beer expiry date written on the package or anywhere else on the bottle/can.
Do beer expiration dates matter?
Short answer, no. Beer isn’t like milk. With age, it doesn’t actually expire or become unsafe to drink. Old beer’s taste, however, will absolutely change.
How do you know when beer goes bad?
It has a weird taste (like cabbage or sewage)
Despite the fact that there are tons of weird beer flavors out there, it should be pretty clear if the flavor you’re tasting is not intentional. Some common flavors that can indicate a bad beer are cooked cabbage, sewage, sulphur, or just an abnormally sour taste.